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Absolute Advantage Podcast

The Absolute Advantage is about learning from some of the world’s most successful entrepreneurs, leaders, and achievers at the top of their game. When chasing your dreams, a lot of times there isn’t a need to reinvent the wheel. Instead, shorten your path to success by learning from the stories, strategies and concepts shared by our guests. Then shorten it even further by learning about amazing resources (books, webinars, tools, software, events, coaching, etc.) that should be on your radar. You are not alone in the challenges you face! It's my mission to help you walk away with at least one idea you can apply each episode and to offer content that inspires, encourages and helps you grow and progress QUICKLY both professionally and personally.
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Aug 29, 2018

Rob Shallenberger is one of the world’s leading authorities on leadership and strategic planning. He’s trained and coached hundreds of companies around the world, to include many Fortune 500 organizations.

After spending two years of service in Bolivia, he attended Utah State University where he graduated in 2000. He went on to earn an MBA from Colorado State University.

He served as an F-16 Fighter Pilot in the Air Force for 11 years. He was also an Advance Agent for Air Force One and traveled the world working with foreign embassies and the Secret Service.

He’s the CEO of Becoming Your Best Global Leadership. His company released a national bestselling book titled Becoming Your Best: The 12 Principles of Highly Successful Leaders and a new book titled the Transformation Challenge: The Six-Steps to Planning and Execution. He’s also the author of three other books.

He considers his greatest accomplishment to be that he’s been married for 19 years and has four beautiful children.

Are you a highly successful leader? Rob Shallenberger discusses the 12 principles of highly successful leaders and how he trains individuals and businesses to adopt those principles into their lives and business practices, so they can reap the rewards of phenomenal success.

Rob has dedicated years to studying some of the most successful leaders throughout history to discover 12 principles that set them apart from others. In this episode, he identifies those 12 principles and discusses the tools and techniques he uses when training others how to use them.

He goes on to describe why the principle “Be true to character,” is the most critical and why you should adopt that principle first. He also discussed businesses and leaders who have lost sight of that principle, such as Enron, and the devastating consequences that can have.

Rob also discusses time in a meaningful way. We all have the same 1,440 minutes in a day. One of the things that sets highly successful leaders apart from the rest of us is how we use those minutes.

He goes on to discuss the differences between being a transformational leader and being a transactional leader and how that impacts your success on a personal and professional level.

One of the most endearing things Rob talks about, though, is what the 12 principles of leadership mean for him as a husband and as a father and how his vision is different, yet similar, in each of those roles.

Are you interested in learning more? Listen to the full podcast now!

Thank you for listening today! I appreciate your time so very much.

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Aug 22, 2018

Founder of Burg Communications, Bob Burg is also a former television personality and top sales producer. His experience working with Fortune 500 organizations is the foundation for his leadership and business development books and teachings. He was named one of the 30 most influential leaders by The American Management Association and has shared the platform with key social, economic and political leaders, including a former U.S. president. He was also named as one of Inc. magazines Top 100 Leadership Speakers.

It’s the responsibility of a business leader to “give” first – when making sales, when settling disagreements, and when moving ahead in the company.

This is the heart of Bob Burg’s line of Go-Giver books, which focus on the power of providing value to everyone around you as part of your job. Bob’s latest book is all about influencers and the nature of influence on the job. In our discussion, he talks the value of influencing others and how the right influence is all about giving to others.

Bob has been named one of Inc. Magazine’s top 100 leadership speakers. If you haven’t heard him speak you should really take the opportunity – but you can listen to the latest episode of Absolute Advantage for a good idea of what it’s like!

I speak with Bob about how finding common ground is more difficult now than ever, how people skills are an important complement to any leadership position, and about how influencing others is about pulling them toward you with your own giving, listening, and helping skills.

We also go in-depth on the five different ways that influence can work in the business world, how to make sure you don’t turn business partners into enemies by accident, and how to properly ask for a favor (yes, there is a right way).

If you’ve ever had trouble striking deals in the workplace, or you struggle with – shall we say, coworkers who aren’t the easiest to get along with – this episode may be particularly useful for you. Anyone who collaborates or works on a team will also be able to appreciate the many tips we touch on!

You can listen to the full episode now and learn more about Bob’s advice, life stories, and latest book.

Thank you for listening today! I appreciate your time so very much.

Ways to contact Bob:

Aug 22, 2018

Founder of Burg Communications, Bob Burg is also a former television personality and top sales producer. His experience working with Fortune 500 organizations is the foundation for his leadership and business development books and teachings. He was named one of the 30 most influential leaders by The American Management Association and has shared the platform with key social, economic and political leaders, including a former U.S. president. He was also named as one of Inc. magazines Top 100 Leadership Speakers.

It’s the responsibility of a business leader to “give” first – when making sales, when settling disagreements, and when moving ahead in the company.

This is the heart of Bob Burg’s line of Go-Giver books, which focus on the power of providing value to everyone around you as part of your job. Bob’s latest book is all about influencers and the nature of influence on the job. In our discussion, he talks the value of influencing others and how the right influence is all about giving to others.

Bob has been named one of Inc. Magazine’s top 100 leadership speakers. If you haven’t heard him speak you should really take the opportunity – but you can listen to the latest episode of Absolute Advantage for a good idea of what it’s like!

I speak with Bob about how finding common ground is more difficult now than ever, how people skills are an important complement to any leadership position, and about how influencing others is about pulling them toward you with your own giving, listening, and helping skills.

We also go in-depth on the five different ways that influence can work in the business world, how to make sure you don’t turn business partners into enemies by accident, and how to properly ask for a favor (yes, there is a right way).

If you’ve ever had trouble striking deals in the workplace, or you struggle with – shall we say, coworkers who aren’t the easiest to get along with – this episode may be particularly useful for you. Anyone who collaborates or works on a team will also be able to appreciate the many tips we touch on!

You can listen to the full episode now and learn more about Bob’s advice, life stories, and latest book.

Thank you for listening today! I appreciate your time so very much.

Ways to contact Bob:

Aug 15, 2018

Vishal Agarwal is the best selling author of Give to Get. He has lived the corporate life cycle from start to finish, beginning as an intern and working up to Senior Deals Partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers. Until recently, Vishal was a Global Top 500 Senior Leader for General Electric before becoming Chairman and CEO of his own private investment management firm, Full Circle Africa. During his 24-year career, he navigated all facets of corporate life from building teams and delivering value, to translating multinational visions into local wins.

A true globalist, Vishal was born in Bombay, lived in Iran during the Iran-Iraq War, was educated through his adolescence in the US, and now lives in Nairobi, Kenya, with his wife and two daughters.

There are two sets of challenges for those who want to achieve leadership positions at work for push ahead in their company. The first challenges are those everyone knows about – how to make those quarterly goals, how to communicate effectively, how to ask for an increase in salary or more responsibilities.

But there’s a second set of challenges that people don’t talk about as much: For example, when you are new to a team or a business, how do you overcome that “new guy” struggle where no one is entirely confident in your abilities? Once you have earned the respect of your peers and managers, how do you capitalize on that in effective ways?

In this episode of Absolute Advantage, I speak with Vishal Agarwal, author of Give to Get, a book about overcoming the unique challenges on your path to business leadership.

For example, we discuss creating a map of all your contacts when you enter a new position: This allows you to quickly see the people you need to get acquainted with. By planning regular contact with this map of people, you can quickly get past the “new guy syndrome” and start building up a healthy reputation in your company.

That’s just one of the tactics we talk about, along with stories about Vishal’s own experiences, more information about Give to Get, and other important tidbits you won’t want to miss.

Interested in learning more about what Vishal has to say about reaching your leadership goals?

You can listen to the full episode right now!

Again, thanks for your time today! I appreciate it very much.

Ways to contact Vishal:

Aug 1, 2018

Kelly Hatfield is co-founder of Enginuity Advantage, Advantage Staffing Group, Enginuity Virtual Recruiter, and Impact Real Estate Real Estate Group based in Everett, Washington. She has been in the recruiting and HR field for over 20-years and loves serving others. Kelly and her business partner have built three successful companies with the purpose of helping others succeed and delivering remarkable results. Kelly and her team strategically align themselves as “The Partner of Choice” with clients and strive to be the first place clients call when they are looking for extraordinary service, quality, and reliability. The resulting outcome has been an outstanding referral network that has built and continues to build their companies.

As Co-Founder and Owner of Enginuity Advantage, Advantage Staffing Group and Enginuity Virtual Recruiter, April (together with her amazing partner) has created and developed three successful businesses aimed at matching exceptional talent with the top organizations. With 17 years in the human resources and staffing realm, April has experience, knowledge, and a love for people and aims to offer solutions to all who are served. Being a natural problem solver, she prides herself on developing and leading a team of recruiting professionals whose mission is focused on connecting people to opportunity. Through creative and exhaustive methods, the Enginuity Group successfully matches the right talent with the right businesses each and every day.

How would you describe your company’s culture? A healthy culture is essential when it comes to the success of your organization and your employees. In this episode, learn how to change or improve your company’s culture for the better. After all, culture is the language of your organization.

We also talk about the ripple effect, which is how the actions of leaders ripple into the organization and beyond. As a leader, you are responsible for establishing a healthy and prosperous culture for your organization.

A major aspect of this responsibility involves establishing a sense of clarity surrounding the culture of their organization. This includes being as clear as possible about their business’ culture when it comes to the hiring process. After all, “fit” when it comes to the company’s dominant culture is a major predictor of whether a new employee will thrive within an organization.

During this episode, we talk about the consequences that a leader and business may face for failing to establish this sense of clarity. Unfortunately, many leaders fail to live by the values posted on the wall in their office.

We also discuss how leaders can live and lead according to their values. Culture refers to the values that are acknowledged and celebrated by your organization. April encourages leaders to focus on developing a healthy company culture above all.

We hope you enjoy this episode!

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